What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow refers to pain or numbness on the outside of the elbow most often from overwork and repetitive motion of the arm or wrist. It is often painful but luckily often healed successfully with conservative treatment and rest. While the condition is often called tennis elbow most people get it from other activities such as gardening or plumbing.

Surgical Options

Surgery for tennis elbow can be done either openly or arthroscopically although arthroscopic surgery is uncommon for tennis elbow.

To surgically relieve the symptoms of tennis elbow a surgeon may:

  • Cut (release) the tendon.
  • Remove inflamed tissue from the tendon
  • Repairing or reattaching a torn tendon without overtightening.

After Surgery

Generally a complete recovery can take between 3 to 6 months depending on the individual. Recovery can be quickened through diligent physical therapy and abstaining from smoking which slows tendon and wound healing.  A patient may also have to give up the activity from which the condition arose.

How Well Will it Work?

There is currently no published medical research in support or against surgical approaches for the treatment of tennis elbow. However almost all patients do recover and are able to return to previous daily activities.

What should I keep in mind?

here are inherent risks, though uncommon, with any surgery such as infection, damage to nerves or blood vessels, blood clots, and anesthesia risks. Elbow pain may also persist and some flexibility of the joint may be lost.

Ways to Alleviate Pain From Tennis Elbow

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may be taken to reduce inflammation and pain in the time while still contemplating surgery. Post-surgery a patient should follow their surgeons rehabilitation plan for ways to alleviate pain.

Places to Get Help

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